The Airmen's Stories - P/O G R Pushman
George Rupert Pushman was born in Ottawa, Canada on 12th May 1918. It is believed that he made his own way to the UK and joined the RAF on a short service commission in April 1939.
He arrived at 5 OTU Aston Down on 22nd June 1940 and after converting to Blenheims joined 23 Squadron at Collyweston on 6th July. He served with it throughout the Battle of Britain and was not posted away until 4th August 1941.
He returned to Canada as an instructor at 31 Air Navigation School, Port Albert, Ontario.
He was then posted to Ferry Command on 21st January 1942 and returned to the UK flying a Hudson there in March. Staff postings followed to HQ Fighter Command on 13th April 1942 with detachments to 14 Group and 10 Group, before he returned to operations with 88 Squadron on 28th June 1943. They operated the Boston in the intruder role.
He married in September 1943 (below).
Pushman was awarded the DFC (gazetted 17th October 1944) as an Acting Squadron Leader. The citation mentioned his laying of smoke screens on D-Day and after.
Staff postings to HQ 2 Group on 1st August 1944 and RCAF HQ on 28th March 1945 were Pushman's last RAF appointments before he transferred to the RCAF on 29th March 1945.
He was released from service on 5th March 1946.
Postwar he ran the George Hotel in Castle Cary.
Pushman died on 11th April 2001.